Hotel at a Glance: Chocksett Inn
The Chocksett Inn was built in 1989, but it looks like it’s been sitting in the middle of central Massachusetts’ countryside for a century or more; its white siding, green shutters, and big yard give it a classic colonial feel. There are old-fashioned, upscale touches on the inside, too—the spacious rooms here are graced by chandeliers and sprays of flowers. There are two elegant onsite dining rooms popular with locals as a venue for weddings.
- Postcard-worthy setting: Take a walk amid the inn’s carefully landscaped grounds and you’ll find a gazebo, a huge covered deck, and a burbling creek surrounded by trees.
- Walking distance to: Downtown Sterling, a classically quaint New England town, as well as a mini-golf course. Be sure to stop by the much-loved New England-style ice cream bar in town.
- Morning wake-up: A continental breakfast is served each morning, with coffee, fresh pastries, and juice.
- Nifty in-room amenities: All rooms and suites have a cushy living room and a fully-equipped kitchenette, with a stove and cooking utensils.
- Onsite dining: Chocksett Inn has two dining rooms, The Pub and the Fireside Room. Try the New England baked haddock, served with garlic mashed potatoes.
Sterling, MA: Clapboard Churches and Antiques in Centuries-Old New England Town
Sterling—located an hour west of Boston in central Massachusetts—was settled in 1720, and it has the iconic imagery of a classic New England town: white clapboard churches with soaring steeples, quaint antique stores and bakeries, and a town common area with gracious green lawns and walking paths. You might notice something uncommon in the common area—a statue of a lamb. It’s a tribute to Sterling resident Mary Sawyer, who owned a pet lamb and inspired the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Sterling is home to Davis Mega Maze an award-winning, huge cornfield maze designed by the world’s leading maze architect, Adrian Fisher. The labyrinth is replanted in a different shape each year, and it’s challenging and safe for kids. There’s also a café, a petting zoo, and mini golf on site.
In late June and early July, there is an explosion of laurel blooms at Leominster State Forest. The park is worth visiting any time of year, though; its 4,300 green acres contain hiking and biking trails and a swimming beach. Though it is most popular as a ski resort, Mt. Wachusett also has some great hiking, about 13 miles northwest of Chocksett Inn.
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